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St Michael's CofE Primary School

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Keeping Children Safe


Keeping all of our children safe is fundamental to everything that we do in school. We aim to work closely with parents/carers and support agencies in order to ensure that children are safe both within and outside school.

There are a number of important school policies which support and define our practice.

  1. Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  2. Appendix to Safeguarding Policy - COVID 19 response
  3. Anti-bullying policy (including racial harassment and homophobic bullying)
  4. E-safety policy
  5. Social Media guidelines for staff
  6. Social networking guidance for parents
  7. Policy for the use of images

Safeguarding     The Child Protection Officer in the School is Mr M Freeman, the Headteacher. He has overall responsibility for Safeguarding. The Deputy Safeguarding Officer is Miss Jo Bracken. There are also two additional staff members of the Safeguarding team who have also received additional training: Miss Sarah Bradley and Mrs Eva Stewart. The safeguarding governor is Mrs Hannah Hayes.

Mrs F Murray has particular responsibility for Looked After Children. Any concerns about how the school deals with safeguarding issues should be referred either to the Chair of Governors, or to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Tina Wilson (01454 868924)

Click here for the new 2020 update of Keeping Children Safe in Education (from Sept 2020)

E safety     We do lots of work in school with children about e safety - keeping themselves safe online. There is a high level of filtering in place in schools to prevent access to unwanted sites: this may not be the case at home. We strongly recommend that parents find out for themselves how to keep their child safe at home - please visit our e safety page  to find out more, and to access some really useful sites

'Prevent Duty'   Our safeguarding policy incorporates the latest guidance on how to prevent radicalisation. For further details, see separate page in the website


Appointing staff: safer recruitment    We have comprehensive vetting procedures as part of the appointment of new staff, and at least one member of the appointments panel has the appropriate safer recruitment training

DBS checks    All staff and regular volunteers are required to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service)  This will highlight any relevant previous convictions.